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Emily Larson 2017-9-19

Meet the WU Scholars Class of 2017

Congratulations to the WU Scholars Class of 2017.  174 students from 65 countries, representing 153 colleges and universities around the world, were chosen for this inaugural class.  To demonstrate how WU Scholars are working hard to change the world, below are a few of the winners from the Class of 2017.  More information about the program can be found at

Dedicated to the well-being of children, Felice has chosen to pursue a degree in Psychology to help those impacted by trauma live healthy, happy lives.  She even dreams of starting a school for children to receive psychological services and a great education. Suon is studying Medical Sciences and plans to be a surgeon, possibly in cardiology or neurology, and help save lives.  In addition to her academics, Suon also volunteers at a local pediatric hospital.
Vince is studying Civil Engineering at the University of Mindanao in Davao City.  His goal is to improve infrastructure in his community by developing eco-friendly buildings. Ismary is studying engineering at the Technology Institute of Santo Domingo and dreams of starting her own business to advance the use of renewable energy.
Originally from Port-Au-Prince, Talie is studying Nursing and plans to go on and become a Doctor.  She wants to be an OBGYN because she loves babies and wants to help ensure all children get a healthy start to life.Originally from Mexico, Lily is now studying business management at Carroll University in Wisconsin, with hopes of owning her own business.
Toni-Ann is studying economics at the University of Arkansas the West Indies in Mona and wants to help shape Jamaica’s economic policy in the future.With a degree in Chemical Engineering, John Daniel dreams of improving water purification systems in vulnerable communities around the world.
Originally from Jamaica, Katreece lives in New York and attends Monroe College studying Accounting.  She hopes to start a company and create jobs in the local community.Amy is studying International Business at Dhurakij Pundit University in Laksi and dreams of being an entrepreneur and starting her own business that increases international trade to and from her community.
Roy is literally a rocket scientist!  He is studying Aeronautical Engineering at Purdue University and dreams of creating a more efficient rocket propellant. Roshaye is studying biology at Hollins University in Virginia and dreams of expanding prenatal health education to Jamaican mothers.

Aristides is out of this world!  With his degree in biology from NYC, he dreams of helping astronauts stay healthy during space travel!

Dave is studying Agronomy and Soil Science at the Université Quisqueya.  He hopes to help improve nutrition in Haiti and plans to start a company that works with farmers with the goal of the improving their living conditions.
Jasper Marie is studying Business Accounting at the University of the Philippines and dreams of creating her own social enterprise that helps farmers better manage the business side of their work.Santiago attends Universidad APEC and is studying computer science.  His goal is to develop new technologies that have never been thought of.

Ayo wants to pick your brain – literally!  She is studying medicine and dreams of being a world-renowned neurosurgeon.  She wants to help people around the world, especially young girls, overcome neurological disorders and lead healthy, happy lives.

Originally from Liberia, Henry is studying Electrical Engineering at Lofa County Community College in Voinjama City.  He knows electricity is vital for a country to grow economically, so he has chosen to be an Engineer and to improve the infrastructure in Liberia.

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Emily Larson Spirited marketing and communications manager with almost a decade of experience in finance, retail, and non-profit. Passionate about design, creativity, and above all... adventure.

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